Adventure Sports in Darjeeling
Scope for adventure sports in Darjeeling is truly varied. From camping and trekking to more dangerous sports such as rock climbing, paragliding and river rafting/kayaking – everything is offered on a platter to those who are willing to take it. Most of all, all these activities are arranged by experts, who are aware not only of the dangers involved in such sports, but also of all the precautions that should be taken to avoid untoward incidents.
Camping and Trekking in the Darjeeling Hills
The most famous trekking in Darjeeling hills is the trek to Sandakphu and Phalut. This trek is also known as Singalila Ridge trek. The route offers trekking huts all along and hence one can organize it on its own. At the same time, there are many adventure tour operators who organize such treks for a nominal fee. There are also a couple of smaller treks, which are equally rewarding. The best time for trekking in Darjeeling is from March to May and October to January.
Rock Climbing and Rappelling in Darjeeling
Incidentally, the later is going down the surface of a steep rock. Except the monsoon months, any time is good for rock climbing. Another important point to note is that for trained climbers there are also tougher rocks to climb. One may contact any of the travel agents in Darjeeling to learn about such rocks.
Paragliding in Darjeeling
Paragliding can be practiced alone, but novices will do better to go for tandem flying. Under this system a guide joins the flier in a separate harness and controls the basic movements. In Darjeeling Jalapahar is a good place to start flying. However, each adventure sport company may have its own favorite point.
Hot Air Ballooning in Darjeeling
White water rafting in River Rangeet or River Teesta:
One can also try river rafting without involving commercial establishments in Darjeeling. If you go down to Teesta Bazar, one and half hour journey from Darjeeling town, you will find River Rafting Centre of DGHS Tourism. You will get all help from there. It is however, advisable to call them beforehand. Their contact number is 03552 - 68261 / 68297.
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